Sponsoring a Child

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Sponsoring a child in a developing country

Feb 2007

Does anyone know about the organizations where you sponsor a child in an impoverished country for about $20 a month? They send you the fax about the child etc. Are these legitimate? Does anyone know what percent of the money goes to the kids and what percent goes to the advertsing etc? I do want some info back from the country so my daughter can see what life is like for this child and how she is helping. thank you. amy

I chose a child sponsorship charity by a search on the internet. Here is a link to one tool you can use. Search this site for ''child sponsorship''. http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm
Room to Read (www.RoomtoRead.org) is one of the most impressive non-profit organizations I have worked with, and has received numerous international and business awards that substantiate their effectiveness and efficiency (they are fiscally responsible and dedicated to sustainability). Their basic aim to to increase literacy in developing countries, and one of their programs sponsors girls scholarships, as girls are most often denied education in the areas they target (mostly for economic reasons). I encourage you to look into the organization and consider them to facilitate child sponsorship. anon.
I wanted to respond to the question about sponsoring a child in a developing country. My dear friend who I've known since 2nd grade worked in Ghana for several years. He started a sponsorship program for the children in the village that he runs entirely on a volunteer basis. His contact in Ghana is the principal of the local school (a very religious woman). I have been sponsoring a child for three years now, and several friends of ours and family members also sponsor children. You can donate as much or as little as you can afford. The up side is that 100% of your donation goes to the child. The down side is that it's not tax deductable - he hasn't had time to get nonprofit status, he's currently in nursing school at Harvard. It's also not a very slick web site. The updates you get are by email and they are only about 1-2 times a year. The principal writes them herself and includes photos and report cards. Her english is a bit spotty and filled with religious references, but if you can look past that, you will feel so good knowing 100% of your donation was received by the child. You can get more information at the web site: http://www.tsokomey.org/

Or please feel free to contact me directly and I can describe the program to you more - the web site isn't as detailed as it could be... again, purely because my friend doesn't not have enough time to do everything - it's purely a volunteer effort on his part, but it is 100% legitimate. In fact several students from various UC schools have gone to that town to do their thesis work and they can also vouch for the program. Monika